By Albert W. Marshall

ISBN-10: 0387203338

ISBN-13: 9780387203331

ISBN-10: 0387684778

ISBN-13: 9780387684772

For over two hundred years, practitioners were constructing parametric households of likelihood distributions for information research. extra lately, an energetic improvement of nonparametric and semiparametric households has happened. This booklet contains an in depth dialogue of a wide selection of distribution families-nonparametric, semiparametric and parametric-some popular and a few now not. An all-encompassing view is taken for the aim of selecting relationships, origins and buildings of a few of the households. A unified methodological strategy for the advent of parameters into households is constructed, and the houses that the parameters imbue a distribution are clarified. those effects offer crucial instruments for clever collection of types for info research. some of the effects given are new and feature now not formerly seemed in print. This publication offers a entire reference for an individual operating with nonnegative information.

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SVNY289-Olkin 36 April 16, 2007 14:15 1. 1. Deﬁnition. For a strictly increasing distribution function F, the inverse F −1 of F is the function deﬁned by F −1 (p) = sup {z : F (z) ≤ p} = inf {z : F (z) ≥ p}, 0 < p < 1. (1) Similarly, the inverse F¯−1 of the survival function F¯ is deﬁned by F¯−1 (p) = sup {z : F¯(z) ≥ p} = inf {z : F¯(z) ≤ p}, = sup {z : F¯(z) > 0} = inf {z : F¯(z) = 0}, 0 < p ≤ 1, p = 0. With these deﬁnitions, F −1 (1 − p) = F¯−1 (p) (2) and F −1 (1) = ∞. From the inverse F −1 of F, F can be recovered via the formula F (z) = inf {p : F −1 (p) > z}.

The orderings ≤ of distributions considered in this chapter have two properties; they are both reﬂexive and transitive. That is, F ≤ F, for all distribution functions F (reﬂexivity) and F ≤G and G ≤ H implies F ≤ H (transitivity).

The Lorenz curve is obtained by linearly interpolating between the points (i/n, L(i/n)). The Lorenz curve has proven to be of great interest in economics, particularly with reference to inequality of incomes. See, for example, Kleiber and Kotz (2003) and the references therein. The purpose of the following deﬁnition is to extend this idea to arbitrary distributions. 7. Deﬁnition. The Lorenz curve L of a distribution function F with ﬁnite expectation is deﬁned by p L(p) = 0 1 F −1 (p) F −1 (u) du x dF (x) = 0 , 0 ≤ p ≤ 1.

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